In This Issue
• Symonite OK Dinghy Worlds
• Paul Cayard Is The Winner Of The Star Winters Series
• Hotly contested 35th Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse
• EFG Sailing Arabia
• Round Martinique Regatta Credit Mutuel AB
• Way to go - Buell Software
• SailGP: The Skippers Show
• Industry News
• Featured Brokerage
• The Last Word: Meher Baba
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Symonite OK Dinghy Worlds
Auckland, New Zealand: Kiwi sailors filled the top three places in the only race sailed on the opening day of the 2019 Symonite OK Dinghy World Championship at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew Phillips led all the way to win from Dan Slater and Luke O'Connell.
The forecast for the day was at best changeable, but was ultimately challenging for race officer and sailors alike. The fleet launched on time but after arriving in the race area there were several large wind shifts and position changes before a course was laid.
In the end it took five attempts to get the fleet away in a patchy 5-8 knots. Two general recalls under black flag left 18 boats with a BFD score to start their championship, including a few big names.
Racing is scheduled to continue on Monday at 13.00. The series consists of 10 races and concludes on Friday 15 February.
Results from Race 1
1. Andrew Phillips, NZL
2. Dan Slater, NZL
3. Luke O'Connell, NZL
4. Fredrik Loof, SWE
5. Steve McDowell, NZL
6. Nick Craig, GBR
7. Jorgen Svendsen, DEN
8. Rod Davis, NZL
9. Thomas Hansson-Mild, SWE
10. Rohan Lord, NZL
Paul Cayard Is The Winner Of The Star Winters Series
Finishing second in the Midwinter Regatta, Paul Cayard is the overall winner of the Star Winter Series that consits of 5 events held at Coral Reef Yacht Club from Novembre to February.
Races 7 & 8 of the Star Midwinter regatta were held today in perfect Star Sailing conditions of 12-14 knots from the southeast. Warm air, warmer water, nice waves for surfing downwind and plenty of sunshine.
Irishman Peter O'Leary and his brother Robert sailed steadily, never finishing better than third in any one race, and won the regatta with 46 point. Josh and I finished strong and moved up to second place with 60 points in this regatta. By virtue of moving up today, we won the Star Winter Series. The Star Winter Series is the cumulative score of 5 events starting in November and concluding in February. I had two crews sailing with me over four of the five events; Magnus Liljedahl and Josh Revkin. Both are great Sailors and even better friends.
Eric Doyle won both races today and moved up to third place with 62 points passing Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada. Josh and I were fast and had a 5, 2 today while Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada had a 3, 17 to finish 4th.
The racing was very tight and the lead changed hands several times in all races. Eric Doyle rounded the last mark of the final race in 5th and managed to grab the win.
Final Top Ten
1. Paul Cayard / Magnus Liljedahl, uSA, 27
2. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise, uSA, 27.4
3. Peter O'Leary / Robert O'Leary, IRL , 45
4. Tomas Hornos / Pedro Trouche , uSA, 56
5. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada, uSA, 58
6. Jake Lilley / Lewis Brake, AuS, 90
7. Ante Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley, GBR, 91
8. Jørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad, DEN, 91
9. Arthur Anosov / Mark Dolan, uSA, 91
10. Jennings / Jon Von Schwarz, uSA, 93
Hotly contested 35th Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse
Eight races were run in the J/70 and Melges 20, and seven for Longtze Premier, H22 and Smeralda 888.
With the J/70 World Championship set to descend on Monaco in October 2021, the fleet topped 57, with local Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda - Banca Sempione) creating the surprise in 1st ahead of Irishman and J/70 International Class President Ian Wilson (Soak Sailing) who was 2nd winner of the Corinthian category. The Swiss Thomas Studer (Jerry) finished 3rd.
After winning five races in the Melges 20s, Valentin Zavadnikov's Synergy swept the board, with Orel Kalomeni (Team Arcora) putting in a fine performance, thanks to coaching from Sebastien Col, to take 2nd ahead of Alexander Mikhaylik (Alex Team).
In the Smeralda 888, Vincenzo Onorato (Mascalzone Latino) won a tough battle ahead of Prince Charles de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles (Vamos mi amor) and 2018 trophy holder Timofey Sukhotin (Beda) in 3rd.
In the H22, despite three wins and four seconds, Benedetto di Venosa (Adreanalina) only pipped to the post by one point his compatriot Roberto Iorio (Splinter).
And in the Longtze Premier it was mission accomplished for Swiss Jarmo Wieland (Shensu), 2nd last year, who beat German Thomas Begher (Corvus) and Steffen Schneider (Outsider) 3rd.
Registrations for one-design classes wanting to compete in the 36th Primo Cup - Trophee Credit Suisse are now open, and a date set: 6-9 February 2020.
EFG Sailing Arabia
The EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour fleet had a packed programme on the final day in Masirah, with no fewer than six Stadium races producing five different winners. Once again the island venue produced highly competitive racing, with a shifting and changeable wind testing the skills and adaptability of the 10 international crews taking part in the two-week challenge down Oman's striking coastline.
When the spray settled after a Sunday of high-intensity racing, the Beijaflore and Oman Shipping Company teams were tied on points. Both had a race win and two second places to their credit, with Beijaflore just taking top spot on the countback system with an additional third place.
Achieving first and second on Sunday has moved Beijaflore and Oman Shipping Company up to first and second overall after five days of mixed Stadium racing and coastal Raids in Muscat and Masirah.
Early leaders Cheminee Poujoulat have now slipped to third, tied on points with Seaflotech, while Mood stays in fifth though now closer to the leaders.
Golfe du Morbihan remains sixth, and EFG Bank has swopped places with CER Geneva ahead of the all-Omani Renaissance team and DB Schenker.
The EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour fleet moves to Duqm on Monday for two more days of racing, before a last relocation to Salalah for the finale.
Overall standings after three stages:
1. Beijaflore (Bellet) 15 points
2. Oman Shipping Company (Morrison) 17,5 pts
3. Cheminees Poujoulat (Follin) 19 pts
4. Seaflotech (Bouvet) 19 pts
5. Mood (Ihel) 22 pts
6. Golfe du Morbihan (Robert) 25,5 pts
7. EFG Bank (Cammas) 32 pts
8. CER Geneva (Mettraux) 34 pts
9. Renaissance (Al Wahaibi) 42 pts
10. DB Schenker (Ogereau) 49 pts
Round Martinique Regatta Credit Mutuel AB
Following three days of intense racing, the Round Martinique Credit Mutuel AG concluded on Sunday with four class winners being crowned champions. The racing was close and the finishes tight evidenced by the narrow margins seen at the conclusion of racing on the longer courses set Saturday and Sunday.
Race favourites have, in each of the 4 groups competing, managed to hold their lead. The 28 crews now have a chance to catch their breath celebrate the end of an event that has seen all kinds of courses and races. Martinique provided a stunning backdrop, beautiful seas, strong breeze and bright sunshine and with the Round Martinique Regatta can offer a great attraction for sailors and tourists alike.
Nicolas Gillet (GFA Caraïbes) in the Racing Class, Tristan Marmousez (La Morrigane) in the Surprise Class, Max-Volny Anne (Foxy's) in the Racing Cruising, and Vincent Lindor in Cruising claimed their overall event wins having completed the "Round Rock", the 22-mile race between Sainte Anne and Fort de France.
The 22-mile race to Fort de France in the 26 knots gave rise to a number of twists for the fast sailing Racing Class boats. Nicolas Gillet on GFA Caraïbes, blew out his spinnaker early on and saw the Sun Fast 32 SGS Credit Mutuel and also the Jean-Michel Figueres; Farr 40 Persevarare Diabolicum catch up. These three teams, leaders overall, remained in close contact right through to the final stages in the Fort de France Bay for a very close finish. Persevare Diabolicum claimed line honours in real time, but the margin is not enough for Claude Granel and his crew on SGS Credit Mutuel, who wins the race today or the overall winner, Nicolas Gillet on the J 111 GFA Caraïbes who leads the standing at the end of the three-day regatta.
Overall results in compensated time:
1. GFA Caraïbes - Nicolas Gillet: 5 points
2. SGS Credit Mutuel - Claude Granel: 7 points
3. Perseverare Diabolicum - Jean Michel Figueres: 13 points
1. La Morrigane - Tristan Marmousez: 7 points
2. Digilife - Vianney Saintenoy: 11 points
3. Denebola/Didier - Delice Nouel: 17 points
1. Foxy's - Max Volny-Anne: 6 points
2. Ocean Two : Philippe Volny-Anne: 7 points
3. Lautane - Jean-Francois Terrien: 13 points
1. Valentin Lindor: 3 points
2. Thunderboat - Frederic Dupont: 8 points
3. Canquin/Artechna-APIPD - Valery Platon: 10 points
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Way to go - Buell Software
As its name implies, SailTokyo is a system aimed at those looking to win gold at the next Olympics in Enoshima less than two years from now. Among its clients Buell Software can count the Olympic sailing teams of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland (and some larger sailing nations who prefer to keep their anonymity) along with the host nation of Japan, whose sailors surely know the venue better than anyone. Yet SailTokyo's application is much broader than Olympic sailing or the next Olympic venue.
For any race venue in the world, SailTokyo creates the means for sailors, coaches and support staff to build a clearer picture of what the current and the wind are doing, and how the two forces are interacting with each other. The tool can be applied as much to the realms of big boat racing, and even the America's Cup, as to the high-performance dinghy scene of the Olympic classes. And its scope is not just Tokyo but any racing venue in the world.
SailGP: The Skippers Show
Ahead of Sydney SailGP all six helmsman sat down together for the first time in the Fox Sports studio to talk about their expectations for the first event, and of course a bit of banter.
The team at Jotun Yachting is searching for the most interesting and historically significant restoration to assist with in 2019. They invite everyone undertaking a project which involves paint to submit a proposal outlining the paint supplies they require and what they can do to promote Jotun Yachting in return for support. One lucky project will be selected as the 2019 restoration sponsorship beneficiary.
Regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur restorer Jotun would like to hear from you about your plans. Applications close on the 28th February. Send your proposal to .
Make sure to include some detail on the history of the vessel, a brief outline of your plans, some information about yourself, including your involvement with the project and finally, how you would promote Jotun if successful. If you have any photos, please include one or two to help show the boat. The Jotun Yachting team look forward to hearing from you and maybe you will be the lucky winner.
In an Australian bareboat industry first, Sunsail Whitsundays will commence professionally led bareboat flotilla sailing adventures exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast as far north as Magnetic and Dunk Island.
According to Sunsail Whitsundays General Manager, Sedron Hooper, this initiative makes it possible for charterers to explore well beyond the existing boundaries of bareboat operation.
Bareboat flotillas are a long established sailing holiday option in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Participants can skipper their chartered vessel in company with other chartered bareboats, with the confidence of knowing they are guided by a lead vessel, skippered by an experienced Master Mariner with extensive local knowledge.
Pre-departure route planning, daily navigation and activity updates, on call support from the lead vessel and open channel radio communications contribute to greater safety. It also creates opportunities for the kind of camaraderie experienced by likeminded people exploring new boundaries together.
Sunsail Whitsundays Coral Coast & Great Barrier Reef Flotilla Sailing Adventures are open for bookings with the first departure next month. For more information you can visit www.sunsailwhitsundays.com.au
SailGP, the new global championship debuting next week featuring the world's fastest race boats, will rely on Oracle Cloud to deliver real-time data to racing teams and fans alike. The information derived from 1,200 sensors placed on the supercharged F50 catamarans and the athletes, plus onboard cameras and microphones, will bring viewers closer to the action, help teams analyze their performance and give remote umpires the details they need to make calls with confidence.
Taking advantage of Oracle Cloud's security and unmatched performance, approximately 20 megabytes of information-rich data will be streamed to SailGP's onshore base from each of the six boats and be made available to teams, fans and umpires within 200 milliseconds.
Coaches will analyze the data to monitor the teams' health and performance to inform strategic and tactical decisions throughout the race. The F50s are a one-design class, so each national team competes on an identical boat. Therefore, races will be decided by the skill and performance of the crew. Any improvements teams can make based on the data could be the difference between winning and losing each race, or the final prize of $1 million, decided in a winner-takes-all final race.
Broadcast and streaming details will be announced shortly, along with the launch of the app. Sydney SailGP kicks off on February 15. Tickets for a variety of exclusive spectator experiences are available at SailGP.com/Sydney
The newly relaunched London Yacht Show, to take place from May 8-12 at St Katharine Docks in the heart of London, is being billed as a 'boutique' event, with a VIP preview day very much setting the tone for the show that will focus on high-end luxury products.
In the two weeks since the event was relaunched as London Yacht Show, Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline have joined more than 10 brands that have signed up to exhibit their boats & yachts including: Azimut; Bayliner; Bavaria Power & Sail; Chris Craft Boats; Discovery Yachts; Greenline; Hallberg Rassy; Malibu Boats; Sunsail Yacht Ownership and Sealine. More brands are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with the organisers in close discussion with at least another eight builders.
Addressing media at a press conference in London, Andrew Williams, president, Maritime, Informa Markets, said: "The decision to completely relaunch this event was not taken lightly so to get the immediate support of such significant brands is a true reflection of the confidence the industry has that London Yacht Show will be an important platform in the international boat show calendar."
The relaunched show replaces the London On Water Boat Show, which was acquired by Informa in late 2018, and will be organised by Informa Markets with partners, British Marine and St Katharine Docks.
MS Amlin Yacht the boat insurance specialists are delighted to announce their continued partnership with The Round the Island Race in 2019. As official insurance partners, MS Amlin will extend racing cover to all their policy holders competing in the race at no additional cost.
Having sponsored the race for the 17th consecutive year, MS Amlin are one of the longest standing sponsors, fully understanding how much the whole boating community enjoy getting involved in, or watching this key annual event.
To benefit from our extended race coverage at no additional cost for Round the Island Race, get in touch with our friendly sales team for a quote today. You can phone on 01732 223650 or visit our website boatinsure.co.uk
Cowes Week Ltd is delighted to announce that Westerhall Rums have renewed their sponsorship for a further year as Lendy Cowes Week Official Rum. Westerhall, who are now in their 3rd year of sponsorship, have brought their Caribbean party spirit to the event and introduced the delicious Pink 'n' Stormy to the sailors and spectators of Lendy Cowes Week.
Westerhall's planned activation for 2019 will see the return of their Caribbean Rum Shack on Cowes Parade. The Rum Shack provides a welcoming area for everyone to meet up with friends and relax after racing. They will also be supporting the Lendy Cowes Week Cocktail Party and Ladies Day celebrations plus hosting a "Welcome Party', which was a huge success in 2018, on the first Saturday on Cowes Parade.
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The Last Word
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